There are many reasons to become a divemaster or scuba instructor: to work and travel, to share your love of the underwater world with others, or simply for the personal challenge. Along the way, you’ll meet other adventurers like you and work with experienced instructors who will help you find the job of your dreams.
Why Become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?
PADI Divemasters and Instructors are in demand. With more than 6,500 PADI Dive Shops issuing one million certifications each year, you'll find job opportunities in every corner of the globe.
The Best Training:
PADI’s Divemaster and Instructor training combine interactive learning materials, skill development workshops and real-world experience to ensure you’re prepared to be a dive leader. All you need is love for the underwater world and a desire to share that passion with others.
Whether you choose to work for a dive shop or on your own, you’ll have a dedicated support team committed to your success. Find the scuba diving job of your dreams on PADI’s online employment board, consult with your local PADI representative on how to grow your business, and access free marketing tools and videos.
Divemaster is the first step on the professional ladder. Through workshops and practical exercises, you’ll level-up your scuba skills and learn how to supervise and organize diving activities.
Divemaster jobs include: assisting with classes, leading guided dives, and working on liveaboards.
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
Diver safety and risk management
Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
Business of diving and your career
Awareness of the dive environment
Dive setup and management
Mapping an open water site
Conducting dive briefings
Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course - ask your instructor.
Prerequisites & Requirements
18 years or older
Rescue Diver, 40 logged dives, CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months, medical clearance to dive
Approximately 50 hours